by Irvine Welsh | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0393314804 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 1/31/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
I selected this book at the recently re-opened The Book Thing of Baltimore. Thank you!

After selecting about 100 books, I went for lunch with my two friends to the nearby Papermoon Diner, a Baltimore icon. What fun!

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
I read another copy of this book in 2006. This is what I wrote about it after I read it...

The story is written in vignettes, each being a situation of one of the members of a group of friends. Some are written in first person and some in third. I’d never want to be around these people in real life because, the way the book is written, anyone outside of their group is fair game for taunting and much, much worse. These are Scottish street guys -- criminals who knife people, steal money, commit robberies, do many kinds of hard drugs, drink themselves into oblivion, and have sex in their occasional lucid times of not having too much too drink.

The writing is good in that it uses the local vernacular, which is made easier to understand with the help of a glossary--easily found and printed out from the internet. It is also a very colorful read which uses the guys’ base street talk and incorporates some really, really funny lines (“Dianne took the opportunity, and rode herself into a climax, Renton lying there like a dildo on a large skateboard”). I had to laugh out loud at quite a few of them. So as not to frighten myself, I think of this book as a look at another culture. From an anthropological standpoint, this is a great read! :-) I’ll be looking for more writing by this author.

I didn’t realize that this story was headed in any particular direction. It seemed just as shattered and disheveled as the lives of the characters of the novel. I realized, in the end, it was the story of the direction in which Mark Renton was headed all along.

I'm releasing this book for...

**The 2018 February Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes Release Challenge hosted by awaywithfairies. This book's title contains the word POT.


Enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (2/18/2018 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA


I just now (slipping and sliding on freshly fallen snow!) pulled this book out of my Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) because I spotted this book on Firegirl's wishlist (as of 02/11/13). I'm bringing it to her at our BCinDC meetup tomorrow.


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Journal Entry 5 by wingFiregirlwing at Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, February 19, 2018
Picked up at today's BC-in-DC meetup. Thank you for for for the wishlist book! It's funny, I've read several books by Welsh but never got my hands on his most popular one. Looking forward to it.

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